A section of railway in south-east London will close for nine days in February, to allow for engineering work which will prevent future landslips.
The Southeastern network between Kidbrooke and Barnehurst — a stretch that also incorporates Bexleyheath, Welling, Falconwood and Eltham stations — will be closed between Saturday 15 and Sunday 23 February 2020.
This stretch of track is particularly vulnerable to landslips — one in February 2019 blocked the line for seven days — so Network Rail is removing 2,500 tonnes of mud and trees from alongside the track, and building steel retaining walls.
The February date was chosen because it coincides with February half term, a week when train services are usually less busy than normal.
Full details of the closure and alternative arrangements have not yet been announced, but what we do know is that railway will close between Kidbrooke station and Barnehurst station, where buses will replace trains.
Capacity on the nearby Woolwich and Sidcup lines and the Charlton to Blackheath link will be increased during the closure, with additional services and longer trains.